Thursday night recap

The New England Patriots  (3-0) defeated the Houston Texas (2-1) by nearly 4 tds in the Texans first shut out since 2003. To be fair, I did not watch most of the game due to not caring about either team. However this is what I did pick up from both teams from the 45 minutes I did watch.

New England: Offense proved that not only is Tom Brady a Top 2 qb of all time, there is also a system in place that will boost any qb whose willing to listen to Bill. Defense proved that being stingy can cost you. In the very little time I watched the defense missed about 5 pretty easy ints. Although they did destroy the offense and held them to their own side of the field for the most part of the game, there is some slight growing pains. Special teams well two turnovers is all u need to know about their nastiness.

Houston: The offense proved Brock was still an overpaid back up qb. I mean you don’t have a trio of good WRs and a decent RB, and still not score. You have to wonder what they will do to adjust for just the division games. The defense well was absolutely invisible. Watt who? I have to give credit to Bill for that though. He’s known to prepare well enough to eliminate players. Special teams needs a lot of work.

Overall Grades:

New England:

Offense A- Defense B+ Special teams A

Houston:

Offense C- Defense C Special Teams D

System Quarterback

We all know the story about how when Tom Brady went down with an injury, Matt Cassell stepped right in and won 11 games even though he hadn’t played a game since high school.

We know that before the NFL allowed Brady to start bringing his own balls on the road and changed the rules to benefit him  in 2007, he averaged 3,593 yards a season. Since they helped him out, he has never thrown less than 3,900 yards.

We also know that in the seasons the Patriots won the Super Bowl, New England relied more heavily on their run game and defense, which resulted in Brady averaging 1,000 less yards and 10 less touchdowns than in seasons they didn’t win a ring.

Brady plays for the most genius coach in the NFL, who has developed offensive systems that other coaches won’t even attempt to instill into their offenses.

Now, right in front of our very eyes, we watched Jimmy Garrapolo, walk into Arizona, and make the same dink and dunk passes, carve up the middle of the field on a regular basis and throw the same long balls, against one of the toughest teams in the NFL on the road.

Everything looked exactly the same as if Brady was under that helmet.

The next week Garrapolo goes down, and now people are panicking; who the hell is Jacoby Brissett?

The answer; another guy that  just so happens to fit perfectly into the system. That came out of nowhere and magically appears to be playing as if he was the greatest of all time…

Further proof that Bill Belichick makes the Patriots and the Patriots make Tom Brady.

Brock Osweiler must prove that he is bigger than “The Moment”

By: Michael Eccleston

The Houston Texans (2-0) signed young quarterback Brock Osweiler to a massive four year, 72 million dollar deal this past offseason for big Primetime games like tonight. Houston has had a running game with stars such as Arian Foster and now Lamar Miller, along with one of the better defenses in the NFL for years now led by one of the greatest defensive players ever in J.J. Watt. They’ve had solid receiving cores led by top receivers such as Andre Johnson and now DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans have had some of the best all-around teams in the league, yet they just haven’t seemed to be able to get over the hump when it’s mattered the most.

What have they been missing? Houston has always been considered to be a quarterback away from contending for a Super Bowl.

Well, now they have one. 72 million dollars is a lot of faith in a quarterback who had only started seven games and had thrown 10 touchdown passes. If Osweiler left the Broncos because he didn’t want to deal with the pressure of succeeding Hall of Fame quarterbacks such as John Elway and Peyton Manning, or the pressure of becoming the next quarterback for a team that just won the Super Bowl, well, believe it or not, he’s come to the wrong place. Whether it’s fair or not, the 25 year old is going to be under fire immediately because he’s behind center for what has been considered to be a very good football team.

This isn’t a newly up and coming team, this is a team that many have lost faith in over the last few years because they just seem like the kind of team that isn’t big enough for “the moment”. They’ve been the biggest tease in the NFL. Well, people are starting to believe that the Texans will take the next step this season because of Brock Osweiler, and if they are going to do so, they NEED Osweiler to prove that he is the guy who can take them there. Hopkins said earlier in the week that tonight’s Patriots game is just another football game. IT IS NOT. This game in New England against a banged up 2-0 Patriots team is the kind of game Houston has to win in order to be taken seriously as contenders coming out of the AFC South. It’s a statement game that “this isn’t that same first round exit team we’ve been in years past”.

This is considered a must win game for the Texans because of the fact that the Patriots are throwing third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett out there, and even if tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) plays tonight, he most likely won’t be out there for every snap. And if Houston wants to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, they will need to go through New England in order to to get there, and if they can’t beat them tonight, I can only imagine what’s going to happen if they have to play a playoff game at Gillette Stadium against Tom Brady and a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski led Patriots team. I don’t care if it’s Week 3 or Week 16, this one is huge and Houston needs to capture the moment.

But, if they lose and Brock Osweiler doesn’t play well, what does that say about them? What does it say about him? Same old Texans. Overpaid Osweiler. Just not big enough for that moment.

The pressure is on.

Jimmy G= The next Matt Flynn

Sensational. Lights out. The next big thing. All these phrases once described Matt Flynn. Nobody. Back up. No longer important. These phrases now describe him. Quick without google, where is Matt Flynn playing now? If your answer isn’t the Saints, don’t fret too much I had to look it up as well. What is with the media overhyping a back up?

Look at the big names and where they have landed. Brock Osweiler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel, Matt Flynn, Jimmy G etc. So far only one massive example has been made of a back up being great forever: Tom Brady. So if ONE back up has made it big time why keep it up? Bradford, Osweiler, Cousins. All three qbs were back ups. All three end up making more money than they were use to. (Cousins was Franchise Tagged). Teams like Cleveland, LA, Philly and even Washington all fall for the same thing.

Instead of hoping a back up is the next Tom Brady, draft a qb and build up your back up. This is a time for a wake up for the 31 owners and 32 GMs. DO NOT PAY BIG MONEY TO A BACK UP! Look at Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston etc, they are all drafted and doing well. Yes there will be RG3s  as well but that’s why you have a backup with experience to help build up your rookie and themselves. Who would have thought Matt Hasselbeck would have been better than Luck last year? I didn’t but I sure did thank Jim Irsay. Let’s stop the over hype train.

System vs Talent

By Joshua Sweetland

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After a lot of fans claiming the Patriots would go 1-3 or even 0-4 without Brady, the Patriots have shocked a ton of people by starting out 2-0, including upsetting the Arizona Cardinals. This brings me to the question, was Brady that amazing or was Belichick’s system that good?

Brady is easily top 2 quarterbacks of all time, some argue the greatest, and after now the second time he’s had to be benched, the backup is doing well. If Belichicks were to move from New England to Philadelphia, and Carson Wentz were to go 4-2 in SBs, would we finally talk about Belichicks system being nearly perfect and acknowledge the QBs as cogs in the system or would we still boast about the QB?

As of right now, Brady will stay number 2 in my book until proven otherwise. Until Belichick can bring 6 Super Bowl trips to another city ready to give up on their team, I’m looking at you Philly and Cleveland, I don’t believe we will give a system the full credit its due with the exception of the bad one in Cleveland.

Will Cyborg Make Weight?

By LaDonna Williams

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This Saturday, UFC 95 will take place in Brazil. It will be on FS1 at 6pm central time. UFC fans will see Cris Cyborg fight Lina Lansberg in the main event. Cyborg needs to make weight (140 lbs.) by Friday’s weigh in. She needs to cut 20 lbs. to be exact. Her nutritional consultant George Lockhart has decided for her to use birth control to cut the weight. This is one of the first times that the UFC has heard about the method being used. The public was put aware of this by Cyborg posting her training video on YouTube. The UFC is monitoring the situation very closely.

 

Back to the fight, Cyborg vs Lansberg maybe a good fight. Lansberg will be making her UFC debut on Saturday. She is a Muay Thai style fighter and a great striker. She isn’t the greatest wrestler so her take down game isn’t the best. She maybe one of the best strikers that Cyborg has faced in a while. With that being said I don’t know how she will beat Cyborg on Saturday. This fight may end up in an early KO by Cyborg. We all know Cyborg is a beast in striking, take downs, wrestling and kicks.

Other fights on the main card are Renan Barao vs. Philippe Nover, Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva, Francisco Trinaldo vs. Paul Felder, Thiago Santos vs. Eric Spicely, and Godofredo Pepey vs. Mike de la Torre.

Falcons Recap:Week 2

by Dre McClendon

After dropping their first game 31-24 to their division rival the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Atlanta Falcons were looking to get on track as they traveled to California to take on the Oakland Raiders. Let’s recap all the action that happened on the field:

Offense- After a disappointing showing in the run game. It was a significant improvement this game as the Falcons gained 139 yards on the ground. Devonta Freeman had 17 carries for 93 yards, while Tevin Coleman had 12 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan continued his stellar play, completing 26 of 34 passes for 396 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Julio Jones (5 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown) and Jacob Tamme (5 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdowns) were among the leading receivers for the Falcons passing attack.

Defense: The Falcons defensive struggles continued. While Vic Beasley recorded his first sack of the season, the pass rush was once again non existent. Sloppy tackling, bad angles, and penalties continue to plague the defense. This defense must improve in order for the Falcons to be considered playoff contenders.

Summary: Falcons defeated the Raiders by a score of 35-28. Up next, a Monday Night Showdown in New Orleans against their heated division rival the New Orleans Saints.